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Christos Nicolaou

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Christos is a passionate diver, enthusiastic paddler & amateur SUP racer.

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Before reviewing the inflatable SUPs by Tower paddle boards, it’s worth noting a bit about the company’s profile. It’s a good one.

Gaining a lot of their fame from the exposure gained on the popular TV show Shark Tank, Tower knows how to advertise their products. You have probably seen the videos of an SUV driving over an inflatable paddle board. That’s Tower.

It’s undeniable that they know how to advertise their range of inflatable paddle boards. Tower has been on the market since 2010 and have developed their hard paddle boards into a range of lightweight, durable and maneuverable inflatable paddle boards.

Tower has a range of 4 basic inflatable paddle boards which are made for all levels, they have also extended their lines including a few spin-off products and their hard paddle board range. In this article we will focus on Towers inflatable stand up paddle board range, looking at specs of each board and our recommendations for each.

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The Tower Xplorer 14’ inflatable paddle board was built for speed and stability. It’s length, thickness and lifted nose (rocker) provide the perfect shape for easily picking up speed while reinforcing the board’s stability. The result of these design components is a paddle board created for an impeccable touring experience.

The Tower Xplorer inflatable SUP board is an amazing touring paddle board for any level of paddler. Renown for being a fast board that can cover large distances at speed, this board is perfect for exploring coastal regions or lake areas. Thicker than most boards (8’’), the Tower Xplorer offers an unparalleled level of stability with a lot of capacity, allowing for heavier as well as multiple riders to join in on the fun.

We recommend the Tower Xplorer for paddle boarders who love touring and want a paddleboard they can use to effortlessly explore and go on adventures around large bodies of water. This is because this board makes it easy and efficient to traverse large distances.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Any level/touring/fishing/heavier paddlers
  • Material: Military grade PVC with Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 600 liters
  • Capacity: up to 800 lbs
  • Dimensions: 14’ x 32” x 8”
  • Weight: 33 pounds
  • Recommended Inflation: 10-11 PSI
What we like:
  • Well balanced touring board
  • Great maneuverability
  • High capacity
  • Rolls up very compact
  • Offers great stability for activities
What we don’t like:
  • Backpack not included
  • Leash not included
  • Difficult to use in harsh conditions

The Tower Adventurer 2 inflatable paddle board is an awesome recreational SUP for any paddler and is for many people their go to board. The Tower brand is well established in the paddle board industry and riders can be sure that they are buying from a reputable company. The board is great for beginners as it provides the necessary support and stability necessary to build confidence on the water.

We recommend the Tower Adventurer 2 for paddle boarders who want a stable and maneuverable recreational paddle board. It’s great for the whole family and is absolutely perfect for beginners looking to find their feet on a supportive board.

Where to buy:
  • Amazon with worldwide shipping

The Tower Yachtsman is a fantastic recreational paddle board for both intermediate and beginner paddlers who want an all-round recreational experience. It’s also ideal for tandem paddling.

The Yachtsman is stable, maneuverable and most importantly comfortable and will provide you with hours of fun exploring coastal bays or lake areas.

The package does lack a few accessories like a leash and backpack, however considering the quality and experience the board provides paddle boarders this board is great value for money.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Any level/family friendly
  • Material: Military grade PVC with Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 380 liters
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’4” x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Recommended Inflation: 10-11 PSI
What we like:
  • Well balanced all rounder
  • Great for learning paddle boarding
  • Comfortable EVA pad
  • Great maneuverability
  • Rolls up very compact
What we don’t like:
  • No bungees
  • Backpack not included
  • Leash not included

The Tower Mermaid 10’4” inflatable paddle board is an amazing paddle board for recreational use. The board offers a high level of stability and maneuverability, making it easy to use and supportive for riders. The Mermaid is great for challenging yourself to learn good paddling skills and can be great for activities that require some stability such as yoga.

The Tower Mermaid inflatable SUP board is a great paddle board for paddle boarders wanting an exceptional recreational paddling experience. The board offers a very good level of stability and is perfect for exploring lakes or doing paddle yoga. The board is also lightweight making it very easy to use for any paddle boarder.

We recommend the Tower Mermaid for any paddle boarder that’s looking for a lightweight, stable and maneuverable paddle board. This board is perfect for recreational fun at the beach or at the lake and can be used by the whole family. The increased stability gives beginners an edge as they don’t have to worry about falling off the board as frequently as with some other less stable paddle boards.

Where to buy:
  • Amazon with worldwide shipping

The Tower iRace 12’6” inflatable paddle board is constructed using military grade PVC and drop stitching technology to ensure its durability and robustness. This single person paddle board is lightweight and extremely versatile.

The Tower iRace inflatable SUP board is an epic racing/touring paddle board for the intermediate to advanced paddler. The board is aimed at paddlers who want a speedy ride in order to traverse distance or race fellow paddleboarders across the water. This board’s innovative design will give you an edge against other competitors when racing.

We recommend the Tower iRace for paddle boarders who want a fast, intermediate to advanced level board for racing and touring. This paddle board is not the fastest paddle board on the market but it will definitely provide the speed boost you’re looking for when racing other paddlers or covering distances.

Read our full in depth review of the Tower iRace 12’6” here

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Intermediate/racing/touring
  • Material: Military grade PVC with Drop Stitching Technology
  • Volume: 350 liters
  • Capacity: 400 lbs
  • Dimensions: 12’6” x 30” x 6”
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Recommended Inflation: 15 PSI
What we like:
  • Really fast board
  • Great for racing or touring
  • Very controlled maneuverability
  • Rolls up very compact
What we don’t like:
  • Backpack not included
  • Leash not included
  • Difficult to use in harsh conditions

Tower SUP Board Accessories

Tower SUP Board Accessories

The Tower inflatable paddle board package is quite limited and only includes the bare essentials necessary for functionality. That said, some of these accessories are of good quality and should be considered in the medium range of the market. Specifically, Tower provides a 3 piece adjustable aluminium paddle and a manual high pressure pump.

  • Paddle: The 3 piece adjustable aluminium paddle provided by Tower is a pretty standard one for moving about on the water. It provides a flexible blade that is reinforced with metal ribs, in order to make powerful strokes easily manageable. This paddle is lightweight and durable. It does the job, but the carbon model is better.
  • Pump: The manual high pressure pump is great for blowing up the board in close to 10 minutes to the recommended 11 PSI. However, we would like to see a dual action version with future models of this board as it would make inflation faster and easier.
Further Optional Accessories from Tower
  • Tower 3 piece adjustable carbon kevlar paddle
  • Tower 12v electric paddleboard pump
  • Tower iSUP D-ring accessory

Tower Paddle Board Features

Tower inflatable SUPs are renowned for their durability and stability. The drop stitching construction on all their boards provide a very rigid frame for these boards. The boards are all also made of military grade PVC material called Hypalon, and this multi-layered fabric is what makes these boards so durable.

All the Tower paddle boards have a high-weight capacity, supporting up to two adults, making them ideal for recreational use. Although these boards are virtually indestructible the iSUP range are lightweight making them easily transportable to and from the water. They are also known for the softness of the fabric making them ideal for any yoga paddle boarders.

All Tower inflatable paddle boards come with a pump, paddle and repair kit. Although the package is not as comprehensive as other brands on the market, notably iRocker, this iSUP package is perfect to get you started.

A Tower paddle board is ideal for paddlers who want a recreational or touring board because the stability and maneuverability makes Tower boards perfect for all levels of paddle boarders. The rigid material allows for good tracking and the majority of their boards are fast on the water, ideal for lakes or coastal areas. The most noticeable downfall to the Tower iSUP range packages is that they often don’t include a travel backpack in which to store your board.

Why we recommend Tower SUP Boards

Tower boards and their iSUP range are undeniably durable and stable, making them ideal for paddle boarders of all levels. Their durability and stability make them easy to paddle on without compromising on speed, track or manoeuvrability. The Tower iSUP packages are comprehensive and include the basics required to start your paddle boarding experience.

Tower has a lot of experience in the industry and this shows through their manufacturing of their boards. The materials used ensure stability when on the water and do not compromise on durability. The high-weight capacity makes them ideal for lots of different activities including yoga and recreational paddle boarding.

The Tower iSUP range is comprehensive. It has everything from touring boards to boards made for sport. Put the all-around Adventurer board into the mix and they have successfully made a range which caters to the needs of a variety of levels.

Tower has a great reputation, their products are made out of the best quality and will last you a long time. We like this company quite a bit. They don’t sell through any retailers, ensuring that all their products are bought directly from them and that they can provide each customer with good quality customer care as well as offering a 2 year warranty for each board.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Tower SUP Boards

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    How to paddle board?

    Getting into the sport or hobby of paddle boarding is quite easy. There are some simple techniques that you learn, while some of the skills needed to stand up on a board and have a good time are developed after a few days’ worth of paddling. Check out this guide to learn how to paddle board. Just get on with it!

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    How long does it take to inflate a Tower inflatable SUP board?

    The Tower Inflatable SUP boards can be inflated in roughly 12 minutes with an electric pump or 15 minutes with the included twin chamber hand pump.

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    What pressure can a Tower inflatable SUP board be inflated to?

    The Tower Inflatable SUP boards need to be inflated to 15 PSI.

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    What do the Tower inflatable SUP boards come with?

    The Tower Inflatable SUP boards come with a paddle, 3 fins, leash, pump and backpack.

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    Are the Tower inflatable SUP boards covered by warranty?

    The Tower Inflatable SUP boards have a 2 year warranty on manufacturing defects.

Do you have a favorite Tower SUP Board?

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Let us know in the comments below what you think makes the perfect Tower SUP Board.


  1. Kirsten

    Love the Xplorer for beach squad days, not many of my friends can afford a paddle board, and I can easily take 3 adults with me on it, though last year we had 3 adults and 2 kids on it with no problems. When I am not with the beach squad at the lake, I can paddle along with it, I bought and anchor and line, easy enough to hook that to the rear d ring. Want lunch and relax a bit, toss the anchor over and not worry about drifting off. Or been paddling a long time, take a nap or overnight on the board, just toss the anchor down. I’ve used it on Lake Superior, and the water gets pretty rough up there, and it handles it just fine, and yes, if you are big enough that the board isn’t the boss of you, you can surf Lake Superior with it. I have used it on local rivers, it does that fine. Things you need to buy with this board are a leash for your leg, paddle leash, 4 d ring kit to apply bungie system or a deck bag, a small anchor and line for it. Get a USCG type 4 float cushion, you can sit on the board kayak style or save your knees if you kneel for a while, but also makes a nice pillow for your nap or overnight stay on the board. I find the electric pump unnecessary, if you get it, you have to keep your vehicle running because it will drain your battery to zip(lets not ask how I know this), and it doesn’t inflate it any faster then me using the manual pump. Its just the electric pump doesn’t leave your arms already halfway through a work out. As for rolling it up compactly, that’s a joke, I’ve not gotten it to anything less then the size of a polar-rollar 35 gallon cooler. I just use a ratchet strap to hold it together. I did learn, leave the fin on, its removable, but its a beast to get that back in there. Had it 2 seasons, blows the irocker my friend has right outta the water, even she prefers my board to hers, and I find them better then the Hala gear one I had, that did not handle Lake Superior well at all. I’ve used hard boards, and after using an iSUP I wouldn’t go back to a hard board. Tower has been an amazing company, with a product for anyone wanting to paddle board, young and fit, old and fat, middle aged with a middle, beginner to old hat, and any combo of anything, they have a board for you.

  2. Bradley Axmith

    Thanks for your input. Glad you’re happy with the board. In Hala’s defense, Superior can be a Lake that could pacify the Pacific sometimes. Would love to hear more about surfing with a SUP. That’s on my list. Cheers.

  3. Lorna

    Hi! I have the Tower Mermaid that I received for Xmas 2020. I have been slowly learning this summer but I do have some problems. I have degenerative disc disease in back and neck so I can’t be on board too long. Do you have a chair that comes with this board so I can still use and enjoy my new board?

  4. Torben Lonne

    Hi Lorna,

    No, there are not any proper seating options for the Tower Mermaid. Usually, a Paddleboard seat is attached via D-rings in the side of the board, but the Mermaid only has d-rings in front for the cargo and the back for the leash.

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